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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Definitions for dinkum

  1. Australian. genuine; authentic.

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Citations for dinkum
The general opinion among the Australian men is that "the Yanks are dinkum," or words to that effect, and when an Australian makes a comment such as this you may be sure that the praise, which is praise indeed, has been well earned. Marjorie Pearse, "Australians Like Our Men: Woman War Worker Sends Message to the Women of This Country," New York Times, September 19, 1942
"You said you could get us into your printery. That was true, wasn't it?" "It's dinkum, don't you worry...." Peter Doyle, The Devil's Jump, 2001
Origin of dinkum
Dinkum is associated nowadays with Australia and New Zealand. The word is probably from Lincolnshire dialect dinkum, dincum “work, hard work,” extended to mean “doing one’s fair share of work,” whence fair dinkum “fair and square.” Dinkum entered English in the 19th century.
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